The first part of the walk, the Rocky River hike, has already opened, and the next part of the trail is scheduled to start welcoming walkers worldwide in October.
A project in which the government has invested a total of $5 million, the 63km trail begins at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and is made up of five stages that vary between 7km and 19km long, with some welcome camping spots available for the weary-legged at the end of the first four.
The beauty of the trail is that it offers the chance to get out and explore areas where few have travelled at the same time as being accessible for all: while the track is expected to attract serious hikers from around the world, the terrain is mostly flat and is suitable for walkers of moderate fitness, who can do either day walks or the full five-day hike.
Robert Ellis, land and visitor manager with Natural Resources KI, said that the plan was to cater for both parties.
“It’s about the international hikers, about the serious hikers that go around the world… but at the same time we also really want to anchor it very clearly with families and people with moderate fitness that want to go and do a serious walk,” he said.
This new wilderness trail builds on the already eye-watering array of things to do on Australia’s third largest island: koala-spotting at nearby Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, seal-watching at Admiral’s Arch, a walk around Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and boulder-hopping at Remarkable Rocks to name just a few.
What’s more, plans to create an additional five to 10-day bicycle trail around the whole island are currently in the works.